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HC orders Rs 20 lakh compensation to slain Akali leader's wife

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

The and on Tuesday directed that a compensation of Rs 20 lakh be paid to the wife of a of who was killed in 2015 in a shootout by the police who mistook him for a gangster.

The high court ordered the compensation to Mukhjit Singh Mukha's wife She had approached the high court against the government.

Justice gave the order as the court found the Rs 5 lakh compensation given by the then was inadequate.

The victim was only 38 years old when he was waylaid by a team of the Punjab Police in district on June 16, 2015, and was indiscriminately fired upon.

Mukha received 23 gunshot wounds and died.

The Punjab Police later set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the incident. The police team responsible for the shootout admitted that they mistook Mukha to be a gangster.

The Akali Dal was in power when the incident took place.

The then and president, Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was also the state Home Minister, announced the Rs 5 lakh compensation. He also promised a government job to the victim's wife but it was not given.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 16:02 IST
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